The ruling Trinamool Congress is all set to move a motion on the issue of demonetisation in the West Bengal Assembly followed by adoption of a resolution protesting against the decision, state parliamentary affairs minister Partha Chatterjee said. Chatterjee told reporters that the decision to move the motion next week was taken at an all-party meeting. "We will move a motion protesting against the arbitrary decision to scrap the high denomination notes. After the motion is discussed, we will adopt a resolution.
We wanted to bring it together with all parties, but if others decline we will bring it on our own," Chatterjee said. The all-party meeting was boycotted by the Congress whose chief Abdul Mannan argued that in any all-party meeting the TMC bulldozed other parties' viewpoints. Speaker Biman Banerjee said that two-and-a-half hours has been allotted for the discussion on the motion on on December 5. The unity among the Congress, Left Front and TMC over demonetisation in Parliament is not likely be reflected in the upcoming session of the state Assembly as the Congress has declined to go with ruling party's proposal to bring a joint resolution on the issue. Mannan said the Congress legislative party would bring its own motion whose topics would include unearthing of money looted by various chit-fund companies in Bengal. "What is the use of an all-party meeting? The TMC bulldozes its proposals and decisions in the all party meeting. They don't pay heed to our proposals, that is why we have boycotted it," Mannan said. Chatterjee described Mannan's contention as "baseless allegations" and "lame excuses".
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